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ˈwʊl ə stəˌnaɪtwol·las·tonite

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  1. wollastonitenoun

    a white or greyish mineral typically found in metamorphic limestone; a silicate of calcium


  1. wollastonitenoun

    A grey inosilicate mineral, mostly calcium silicate, CaSiO, found deposited in limestone.

  2. Etymology: For William Hyde Wollaston, English chemist and physicist.


  1. wollastonite

    Wollastonite is a naturally occurring, calcium based, non-metallic mineral that commonly appears in a white crystalline form. It is named after the English chemist and mineralogist, William Hyde Wollaston. Wollastonite is usually formed in metamorphic rocks from the process of contact metamorphism, where limestone is subjected to heat and pressure caused by an invading granitic magma. It is used in many industrial applications, including ceramics, paint, plastics, and friction products. Its high brightness, low moisture, and oil absorption make it desirable in certain commercial processes.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Wollastonitenoun

    a silicate of lime of a white to gray, red, or yellow color, occurring generally in cleavable masses, rarely in tabular crystals; tabular spar

  2. Etymology: [After Dr. W. H. Wollaston, an English chemist, who died in 1828.]


  1. Wollastonite

    Wollastonite is a calcium inosilicate mineral that may contain small amounts of iron, magnesium, and manganese substituting for calcium. It is usually white. It forms when impure limestone or dolostone is subjected to high temperature and pressure sometimes in the presence of silica-bearing fluids as in skarns or contact metamorphic rocks. Associated minerals include garnets, vesuvianite, diopside, tremolite, epidote, plagioclase feldspar, pyroxene and calcite. It is named after the English chemist and mineralogist William Hyde Wollaston. Some of the properties that make wollastonite so useful are its high brightness and whiteness, low moisture and oil absorption, and low volatile content. Wollastonite is used primarily in ceramics, friction products, metalmaking, paint filler, and plastics. Despite its chemical similarity to the compositional spectrum of the pyroxene group of minerals — where magnesium and iron substitution for calcium ends with diopside and hedenbergite respectively — it is structurally very different, with a third SiO4 tetrahedron in the linked chain.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of wollastonite in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of wollastonite in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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